June 2018 Bloodstock Diary

Jun 1 Oaks winner Forever Together was a third Group 1 winner for her dam Green Room, an unraced daughter of Theatrical, who had already produced the 2014 Fillies’ Mile winner Together Forever and the 2009 Prix Jean Prat winner Lord Shanakill; Forever Together and Together Forever are both daughters of Galileo, while Lord Shanakill is by Speightstown.

Jun 2 Masar was a third generation Derby winner for his male line, being by Galileo’s son New Approach. He’s inbred to Galileo’s dam Urban Sea who is Masar’s great great grandam (see Masar’s Derby win a family affair).  Urban Sea’s other Derby winner was Sea The Stars, one of two Derby winners, along with Golden Horn, by Cape Cross. After Australia (out of Oaks winner Ouija Board), Masar became the second Derby winner out of a daughter of Cape Cross; his dam Khawlah won the UAE Derby and UAE Oaks. Darley’s video (above) tells the same story.

Jun 3 While Deep Impact’s 2000 Guineas-winning son Saxon Warrior finished only fourth in the Derby at Epsom the day before, Study of Man provided the top Japanese stallion with a second classic winner of the season in the Prix du Jockey Club. Study of Man was also a second classic winner in successive weekends for Flaxman Stables after Alpha Centauri in the Irish 1000 Guineas; the pair are both descendants of dual Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Miesque who is grandam of Study of Man and great grandam of Alpha Centauri.

Jun 6 Two-year-old filly Beyond Reason, who won a novice stakes at Kempton, was a first Godolphin-owned winner by a Coolmore sire since relations thawed between the two superpowers during last year’s autumn yearling sales. The filly cost 370,000 guineas at Tattersalls last October and was a first winner in Britain or Ireland for her Derby-winning sire Australia. Her dam No Explaining won the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico.

Jun 9 Quality Road took the honours among the supporting Grade 1 races on the Belmont Stakes card, with his daughter Abel Tasman winning the Ogden Phipps Stakes on dirt and son Spring Quality the Manhattan Stakes on turf, both of them out of mares by Deputy Minister.

Jun 9 I’m So Fancy’s win in the listed Silver Stakes at The Curragh was a first stakes victory for her sire Rajj who was profiled in Insayshable, the pedigree giant-killer. Insayshable was the first horse to bring Rajj to wider attention, but I’m So Fancy had been his first winner. I’m So Fancy went on to win another listed race at The Curragh later in the month.

Jun 9 Aim of Artemis won at Leicester in September 2017 in the colours of Ballymacoll Stud before selling for a million guineas when the Stud’s bloodstock was dispersed later that year; bought by Godolphin, the three-year-old won her first race for her new owners at Newmarket. She’s a granddaughter of Yorkshire Oaks winner Hellenic whose family’s development was covered in Ballymacoll Stud: the Coventry Belle family.

Jun 9 Kodyanna won the Hilary Needler Trophy for two-year-old fillies at Beverley, a race her dam Jadanna also won in 2012

Jun 17 French-bred filly Laurens followed up last month’s win in the Prix Saint-Alary when winning the Prix de Diane. A potentially successful season for her sire was the subject of Exciting year ahead for Siyouni. Siyouni now heads the sires standings in France with group-winning sprinters City Light and Finsbury Square others to have represented him.

Jun 17 Galileo notched a treble at Cork with Mohawk winning the two-year-old maiden, Flattering the Group 3 Munster Oaks and Victory Salute the mile and a quarter maiden. Mohawk is out of the Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial winner Empowering, Flattering (whose two-year-old sister Peach Tree finished fifth to Mohawk on her debut earlier on the card) is a half-sister to the Duchess of Cambridge and Lowther Stakes winner Lucky Kristale, and Victory Salute is a brother to the 2015 St Leger runner-up Bondi Beach.

Jun 17 Weltstar went one better than his half-brother Windstoss twelve months earlier when winning the Oppenheim Union-Rennen at Cologne and will now bid to emulate him by going on to win the Deutsches Derby. Weltstar’s sire Soldier Hollow also sired runner-up Destino.

Jun 19 Frankel took the honours on day one of Royal Ascot with Without Parole winning the St James’s Palace Stakes (as Frankel did himself) and Monarchs Glen the listed Wolferton Stakes. Without Parole, bred (and owned) by Justify’s breeders John and Tanya Gunther, became the first Group 1 winner from the Debut winners, future stars? Another Juddmonte sire to win the St James’s Palace was Kingman whose first runner/winner Calyx also become his first stakes winner when that colt won the Coventry Stakes.

Jun 20 After Blue Point won the King’s Stand Stakes on day one of Royal Ascot, Aljazzi gave Shamardal a second group winner of the week in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

Jun 21 American sires completed a clean sweep in the Norfolk Stakes, with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby siring winner Shang Shang Shang, Florida Derby winner Dialed In responsible for runner-up Pocket Dynamo and No Nay Never, who won the Norfolk for Shang Shang Shang’s trainer Wesley Ward in 2013, siring the third Land Force.

Jun 21 Magic Wand gave Galileo his second group winner of Royal Ascot in the Ribblesdale Stakes after Kew Gardens and Southern France had completed a one-two for him in the Queen’s Vase the day before.

Jun 21 Gold Cup winner Stradivarius comes from the Wildenstein ‘P’ family which was covered in P for Protectionist – and Plencia after Protectionist won the 2014 Melbourne Cup. Plencia is the fourth dam of Stradivarius, with his third dam the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Oaks and Prix de Diane winner Pawneese.

Jun 21 Despite Cracksman’s defeat in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Frankel’s excellent Royal meeting continued when Baghdad gave him a third winner in the King George V Stakes. Frankel also sired the third in the same race, First Eleven, a half-brother to Kingman.

Jun 22 Mastercraftsman notched a double on the Friday of Royal Ascot with his daughters Alpha Centauri winning the Coronation Stakes and Agrotera the Sandingham Handicap. As noted above, Alpha Centauri’s great grandam is Miesque whose full sister Massaraat, a French listed winner, is great grandam of Old Persian who won the King Edward VII Stakes earlier on the card. It will be interesting to see if Alpha Centauri maintains her family’s ties with the Breeders’ Cup Mile later in the year.

Jun 22 The Woodman mare Maine Lobster, already dam of the 2011 Wolferton Handicap winner Beachfire, produced her second Royal Ascot winner when Main Edition won the Albany Stakes.

Jun 22 King George V Handicap winner Dash of Spice was a second Royal Ascot handicap winner for his dam Dashiba whose daughter Barshiba won the 2007 Sandringham Handicap.

Jun 23 Arthur Kitt became Camelot’s second winner at Royal Ascot after Hampton Court Stakes winner Hunting Horn. His dam Ceiling Kitty won the 2012 Queen Mary Stakes but sadly died after foaling Arthur Kitt.

Jun 23 Sea The Stars also notched his second Royal Ascot winner of the week when Crystal Ocean won the Hardwicke Stakes to add to Stradivarius winning the Gold Cup. Both colts had been placed in last year’s St Leger. Crystal Ocean’s half-brother Hillstar was second in the 2014 Hardwicke but had won the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot the year before.

Jun 26 As noted a few times above, it has been a remarkable month for members of Miesque‘s family. Yet another member of the clan was successful when five-year-old mare Bibliotheca gained a first career win in a 13f handicap at Ballinrobe. She’s a granddaughter of another of Miesque’s sisters, Bravemie. More significantly the Japanese-bred mare was a first winner in the British Isles for her sire Harbinger, the 2010 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner, who ended 2017 with some good winners in Japan. Bibliotheca is Harbinger’s only runner in Britain or Ireland to date.

Jun 27 Cheveley Park stallion Mayson sired a one-two in the stud’s colours when Dance Diva beat Clubbable in the listed Eternal Stakes at Carlisle.

Jun 30 Latrobe provided Camelot with his first Group 1 winner, when successful in the Irish Derby. From his sire’s first crop, Latrobe is trained by Joseph O’Brien whose wins on Camelot in his riding days included the same race six years earlier.

Jun 30 Otherwise, it was War Front who shone on the Irish Derby card. His three-year-old sons Fleet Review and Battle of Jericho (both out of Galileo mares) won the listed Dash Stakes and valuable Rockingham Handicap respectively. War Front was also responsible for Intelligence Cross, beaten a nose in the Dash, and two other runners-up, U S S Michigan and Most Gifted.